Exposure MaXx-D front light review£325.00

Single can simplicity

BikeRadar score4/5

The four Cree XPG LEDs in the latest MaXx-D are 7-10 percent brighter than last year’s, and smarter thermal management circuitry and casing help boost power and efficiency. The optics produce a great balance of clear illumination, plus smoothly consistent peripheral coverage.

There’s plenty of run time for most decent night rides, but the medium setting is fine for less technical or familiar trails. The traffic light rear switch communicates remaining run time clearly. The self-contained design means no cable faff or worry about frame compatibility.

Supplementary batteries, remote switches, rear lights and USB phone/GPS recharging ‘Boost’ cable can be plugged into the ‘Smart Port’ on the back. The low profile, lightweight metal bar clamp can be left in the right position while you slide the light on and off the quick-release shoe.

Exposure maxx-d front light:
Exposure maxx-d front light:

Guy Kesteven

Freelance Writer, UK
Guy started filling his brain with cycle stats and steaming up bike shop windows back in 1980. He worked the other side of those windows from '89 while getting a degree in “describing broken things covered in mud" (archaeology). Dug historical holes in the ground through the early '90s, then became a pro bike tester in '97. Guy has ridden thousands of bikes and even more components the world over since then and can remember them all in vivid, haunting detail. Can't remember where the car keys are, though.
  • Age: 45
  • Height: 180cm / 5' 11"
  • Weight: 68kg / 150lb
  • Waist: 76cm / 30in
  • Chest: 91cm / 36in
  • Discipline: Strict sadomasochist
  • Preferred Terrain: Technical off-piste singletrack and twisted back roads. Up, down, along — so long as it's faster than the last time he did it he's happy.
  • Current Bikes: An ever changing herd of test machines from Tri bikes to fat bikes and everything in between.
  • Dream Bike: His Nicolai Helius AM custom tandem
  • Beer of Choice: Theakston's Old Peculier (not Peculiar)
  • Location: Yorkshire, UK

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